When I read the forum topics I can’t help but notice there are often complaints about ‘dumb’ users who misidentify, lack of quality, ways to restrict research grade to experts,…
As one of those non-professionals who is passionate about nature and a great fan of iNaturalist I find this unsettling.
iNaturalist is promoted as a citizen science project. On the site the project is described as: “iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature” and " It’s NOT a science project".
I can see how iNat can be a useful tool for scientists, but if it is promoted as a citizen science project and scientists reap the fruits of it, I feel the ‘citizens’ should not be forgotten and should at least get some respect, if only for their willingness to contribute.